Information Minister Jonathan Moyo says the ongoing audit at the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) is meant to revamp the national broadcaster and deal with financial mismanagement at the institution, including the abuse of radio and television license fees.
Speaking in a guest lecture at the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo on Friday, Moyo said everyone involved in misappropriating funds at the ZBC will be sacked regardless of his or her history at the station or status.
He said most citizens are not paying for radio and television licences because they are not satisfied with the quality of programming at the ZBC.
Moyo added that, like ZBC, the media in its totality in Zimbabwe has failed to adequately give informative and balanced news, leading to a polarised society.
He said the past 13 years have seen the government letting down its citizens on issues of rule of law, good governance and human rights, adding that it should not take outsiders to point this out since these are the values that Zimbabweans fought for in the quest for independence.
Nqobile Nyathi is the head of the Media and Journalism department. She said the department is committed in playing its part in improving the journalism sector in Zimbabwe.
Today’s lecture was on The Future of the Zimbabwean Media and was held as part of the university’s 20th anniversary celebrations.